Week in Review: 9/11/16 – 9/17/16

9/15/2016

For first time, researchers see individual atoms keep away from each other or bunch up as pairs

Physicists at MIT have now cooled a gas of potassium atoms to several nanokelvins — just a hair above absolute zero — and trapped the atoms within a two-dimensional sheet of an optical lattice created by crisscrossing lasers. Using a high-resolution microscope, the researchers took images of the cooled atoms residing in the lattice.
http://news.mit.edu/2016/atomic-interactions-room-temperature-superconductors-0915

9/13/2016

Federico Capasso named Balzan Prize winner

Federico Capasso, the Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been awarded a 2016 Balzan Prize. Capasso is being honored “for his pioneering work in the quantum design of new materials with specific electronic and optical features, which led to the realization of a fundamentally new class of laser, the Quantum Cascade Laser; for his major contributions in plasmonics and metamaterials at the forefront of photonics science and technology.”
https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2016/09/federico-capasso-named-balzan-prize-winner